From The Bible

I would like to do an exegesis of the temptations of Jesus and the Sermon on the Mountain. The version of the Bible I am taking is the Message, a post modern Bible written in contemporary idioms.

Temptations of Jesus
When Jesus finished fasting in the wilderness for 40 days, the fiendish Lucifer came to test him. He knew that Jesus was hungry and asked him to turn stones into bread. And Jesus quoted the scripture and said: ‘Man should not live by bread alone but by every word that proceeds from the mouth of God. What is the spiritual meaning of this? We should not be self-gratifying beasts, carnal, lecherous and gluttonous. In the Second Temptation, Satan took God atop a mountain and said to him to jump and said that the angels would come down and rescue him. Then Jesus replied: ‘We should not tempt God’. The meaning is we should not be reliant on the satisfaction of our own desires. We should yield our will to the almighty. For the third temptation Satan showed Jesus all the kingdoms of the world with fame and splendor and said: ‘if you worship me, all these are yours’ Jesus said not to worship any other but only God. In our narcissistic search for fame, money and prestige we should not lose the sight of God and the banquet he has prepared us for eternity. It is God the maker and his will that should prevail in us.

Sermon on the Mountain
The Sermon on the Mountain is the profound speech of Jesus and is the most vibrant literature, more meaningful than all those who have won the literary accolades. I am taking a New Version of the Bible called the Message.
a) ‘Blessed are you when you are at the end of your rope and then you will have more of God and Less of you’. What is the meaning of this saying? End of the rope is a point in your life when you are feeling frustrated, hopeless and then the writer is advocating you to turn to God.
b) ‘You are blessed when you have lost most dear to you and then you can gain what is most precious for you’. Devotion, Faithfulness, and Hope are the ways in which we signify God. All our possessions on earth are fleeting.
c) ‘Blessed you are when you are contented and then you can buy the things which cannot be bought.’ The grace and peace of God are heavenly and not earthly. They cannot be bought but they have the heavenly splendor of love.
d) ‘Blessed are you when you have worked a good appetite for God and then you can taste the best meal that you have ever had.’ Appetite is spiritual hunger and its satisfaction is God’s words and the miracle of simple life and well –living.
e) ‘You are blessed when you care and at the moment of caring, you will find yourself cared for.’ Jesus is advocating us to compassionate. Jesus also wants to remind is that he is the provident provision of all our monetary needs.
f) ‘You are blessed when you put your inside World—your mind and soul in good order and then you can see the World that is manifest in God.’ God Jesus is advocating a world of spiritual purity. God wants us to edify our hearts and be divine like him.
g) ‘You are blessed when you can show people to cooperate instead of competing and fighting. That’s when you find yourself being a part of God’s Family.’ The choice to be Christian is a personal one and in it there’s no place for hate, envy, maliciousness and covetousness.
h) ‘Blessed are you when you are persecuted for God and then only will you find a place for yourself in God’s kingdom.’ It’s a tough injunction to spread the word of God to the nook and corner of the World. The reward is God’s Heavenly Eternity.

April 10th 2019

I watched the evening sky sinking joyfully. The sky colors, pink, purple and maroon were scattered and the clouds resembled an apron. I listened to the sounds of nature, the marvelous serenading of wind-chimes in poetic incantation. I thank God Jehovah Jesus for his beautiful creation.

 
I am still reading the Gospel of Luke and I am reading the various miracles of Jesus. I read into the portion where Jesus was tempted by the Devil after fasting in the wilderness for 40 days. The Devil said to Jesus, ‘if you are God cast these stones into bread’. Then Jesus replied ‘man does not live by bread alone but every word that proceeds from the mouth of God’ Yes, Christ admonishes gluttony. Secondly the Devil taking Jesus to the top of a mountain said: ‘throw yourself down and angels would come and catch you’. Then Jesus said: ‘though shall not test your God.’ God the great: knows your every desire that comes to your heart and he will satisfy them if it is his will. Thirdly the Devil showed Jesus all the kingdoms of the world and said: ‘it is all yours if you worship me’. Then Christ replied: ‘you shall worship God alone’. Yes, God is in control of your life and will take care of the needs of your heart. It also shows that God is the greatest Economist and he is the one who appoints rulers and governments and we are safe in his control. Yes ‘Ask and it shall be given’.

 
I finished reading Orwell’s 1984. The novel is a scathing vitriol on the Communist Government mainly an allegory for Soviet Union. Notable is the character portrayal of Winston. He is an individual who wants to break free from the fetters of communist oppression. The state is in control of the ministry and the ministry of entertainment has very ironic slogans like War is Peace. These slogans are a cute cosmetic showing the bastardization of wanting to control and brainwash the mind of individuals.
While reading the Gospel of Luke, I came across the story John the Baptist. When he was born: his father and his mother were very old. An angel came to his father: Zachariah and said: ‘greetings you will bear a son John and he will become a big preacher.’ Zachariah laughed and so the angel said: you will not be able to speak until the baby was born. When John was born: Zachariah wrote the name John and all were surprised. Zachariah as an idiom means, a person who does not believe. I am sometimes a Zachariah.

 
John the Baptist thundered the Jewish world with his ministry. He even when to the extent of baptizing Jesus as said in the scripture. King Herod has his head cut for his criticizing Herod’s adultery. John the Baptist as an idiom means a martyr. Due to leading the freedom movement in India: Mahatma Gandhi became John the Baptist.

Temptations of Jesus

Jesus after his sojourn in the wilderness and fasting for forty days was met by the Devil and Tempted. The first temptation was the Devil asked Jesus to cast the stones into bread and Jesus replied that man should live by the word of God and not by food. The second temptation was he was taken to a high place and told by the Devil to throw himself down as the Angels of God will protect him. Jesus’ reply was that we should not test God. The third temptation was: the Devil showed him all the kingdoms of the World and said it is yours if you worship me. Jesus replied that we should worship God alone. Thus Jesus was successful in overcoming all temptations.

Temptations of Jesus as an idiom would mean a person who does not compromise on moral and ethical principles in spite getting a favorable stance if done so.

Example: The Old Testament Joseph adopted the Temptations of Jesus when he was enticed by Potiphar’s wife.

Bill Clinton failed the temptations of Jesus when he had an affair with Monika Lewinsky.
Post modern philosophy compromises with the Temptations of Jesus.

Post modern philosophy compromises with the Temptations of Jesus.